SRINAGAR: After almost five years, the Defence Ministry of India has approved setting up of the National Large Solar Telescope (NLST) at a site close to the India-China border in Ladakh, reports said.
According to reports, the NLST could be used in the night to search for extra-solar planets, besides studying the intricacies of solar dynamics and magnetism.
A tiny village named Merak near Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh was the preferred site for the NLST, but the project hit a block when the ministry objected to it, citing proximity to the Sino-Indian border, the reports said.
As per the reports, the permission reached the authorities concerned almost eight weeks ago. The project is now likely to be revised because of the cost enhancement.
The 2-metre class telescope was to cost about Rs 300 crore and was to be ready by 2017.